Review 2015-16: Chairman’s Note

Andrew Sturmer

It has been another great year for Scouting in Hinchley Wood. The very real success of 1st Hinchley Wood Scouts is down to the fantastic programme of activity which is organised for our children. Whether it be trips to the fire station, kayaking, making catapults, camping nearby – and far away, shooting, wake-boarding, hiking, archery or fishing to name but a few, for this we owe congratulations and a huge thank you to Group Scout Leader Adrian Ducker and our team of excellent Leaders. It is extremely important that we support our Leaders to deliver the years activities whether this is becoming a Leader, taking on a role in the group, supporting sessions down at the HQ, ferrying children to different locations or helping at fundraising events.

Our fundraising remains very strong. Each year our May Fair in the Memorial Gardens seems to bring even more community spirit to the village and it was a great success again this year. Our biggest fundraising event is the Christmas tree sales and we once again delivered well over 300 trees and wreaths bringing much Christmas cheer to Hinchley Wood and surrounding areas. Our fundraising is critical to the continued success of the Group and the rich and varied programme of activities organised each year. When we secured our fabulous new mini bus a almost three years ago we did not retire the old one! While retaining the blue bus has been a real bonus, and it has given great service taking us to and from so many adventures, it is now 25 years old so we are actively putting away funds to replace it.

All of our main fundraising events are organised by our Parent Reps and the Group Executive. On behalf of the whole Group I would like to thank the Parent Reps for their fantastic efforts over the last year. They really have done a great job. I would also like to thank all those many parents who contributed in some way however small in helping make our fundraising and other events a success. It does make a huge difference but we still need more helpers. It really is the more the merrier the quicker and easier that things get done. We are opening up more roles within the Group so to get more involved please do speak to myself, Adrian or any one of the Leaders or Parent reps.

Membership as at 31 March 2016

Beaver Scouts 24
Cub Scouts 35
Scouts 29
Explorer Scouts 21
Total Youth Members 109
Scout Network 3
Leaders & Assistants 34
Total Membership (Group & Explorer/Network Unit) 146

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